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Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.


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Bay Area based experimental folk rock singer/songwriter, Todd Umhoefer, better known as Old Earth has given us the pleasure of premiering his brand new EP entitled ...until they're called. If the name of his collaborative music project doesn't give you an idea of the sound of his music, we can surely report that this new Old Earth release is rootsy, earthy and folk rock based with strong elements of avant classical music.

The album features four other musicians, mysteriously referred to as, Burnett, Fritch, Lopez and Moen bring an eerie "Sleepy Hollow" style of depth to the three track EP. There are a couple creative elements that we like: first thing is that the three songs are composed to musically play into one another, making the EP one long 12 minute track. We also like that Umhoefer collaborates with a female vocalist, as mixed gender collaborations seem to be cropping up in the local folk scene these days. We've recently seen Travis Hayes work a female voice into his new music and we think it's cool.

Old Earth is a polished but not self serving solo project that has a lot of sincerity and even more portential. He's got the "knowing" vibe of Neutral Milk Hotel and is willing to take creative risks

Enjoy Old Earth's ....until they're called in its entirety below via bandcamp.com

May 05, 2015
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It's always horrible when someone from our community suffers from serious illness and challenging life changes. We regret to report that Sivan Lioncub of the popular San Francisco based art rock band, Everyone is Dirty has suffered from liver failure due to an allergic reaction to antibiotics. Her friends have been putting on a series of benefit shows to help her pay off her incredible medical bills.

On May 10th at Bottom of the Hill, Tricycle Records is hosting an event in support of Sivan's unfortunate experience. The event will include performances by:

The Lovemakers
The Union Trade
Brasil
Paisano

DJ Sets by Pegasister

We've got to help each other out in hard times. Make your way out to this show on Sunday night. Get more info about the event here.

May 04, 2015
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We're excited to premiere the San Francisco based indie blues rock band, Fritz Montana's new music video for their single, Call to Arms. This awesome live music video shows the band's amazing stage presence and performance abilities. The song is catchy and well produced, and has an evenly blended combination of contemporary indie rock style and vintage blues flavor. Not all "genre-bending" bands can completely pull off a sound in a manner where you don't have to "try" to get into their art. Call to Arms is believable and enjoyable to listen to.

The best news about the release of this music video is that it is a prelude to two local performances they have coming up including the Napa Valley based BottleRock Music Festival:

May 1st San Francisco, CA @ Fort Mason Center
May 30th Napa, CA @ BottleRock Napa Valley Festival

Make sure you get your tickets to both events and support another awesome, hardworking local independent band!

April 29, 2015
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TONIGHT is the last night of the Sugar Candy Mountain Residency at Amnesia! If you've been lucky enough to make all of the Tuesday night shows in April, you should be super proud of yourself for supporting a hard working local band! Tonight is a very special night because the former San Francisco based psych folk troubadour, Mark Matos (Trans Van Santos) will be performing on the bill with the uber talented San Francisco band, Luke Sweeney. Ash Reiter (Sugar Candy Mountain), Luke Sweeney and Mark Matos have contributed so much to the Bay Area music scene that it's going to be a really exciting night of close knit friends and artists. 

We got a really cool exclusive quote from Mark Matos:

"I will be bringing out the original Os Beaches line up tonight for the first time in years: Ben from Hi Lo Ha, Jo L from Annie Girl & The flight, Joe M from Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah plus Annie Girl (Annie Lipetz) are making an appearance with us, which makes it as close to a Family Folk Explosion reunion as it's going to get for a minute. Looking forward to seeing you!"

April 28, 2015
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The nouveau psych rock band, Psychic Jiu Jitsu has released their debut full length, self titled album. The thing about Psychic Jiu Jitsu is that they don't fit anywhere near a "genre check box" where you can neatly explain and entertain yourself with a number of comparisons to bands of the past, present or future. The album is refreshingly "out there", kicking the ten track collection of songs off with the female vocal infused opening track, Yulia's Capture at the English Front starring the band's long time friend and muse, Yulia Gorman. The next track, Dreamachine is another oldie, but goodie deriving from early jams and recordings, becoming sketched out and perfected by a number of live performances of the song.

If you're looking for a friendly rock record in this album, you're not going to find it. The next songs: Berlin Space Party, World of Warldorf and Don't Bore Us are unapologetic, youthful, fast paced and experimental. Anyone who doesn't have a sense of humor, a love of experimental music and/or a young spirit won't get these songs and will never make it through the entire album. You'll get a pastiche of musical styles with the second cluster of songs as Slow Ringing in My Dreams is a funk infused track while Golden Hair of the Sweet Sea Heir is a whimsical country/folk influenced song that moves right into the space ambient sounding song, Something Glistens. Otto Vom is the 9th song of the album and is appropriately (sort of appropriately) 9 seconds long. The final song, Black Marketeers of WWIII is a post apocalyptic track ending the album with an almost 8 minute ode to futuristic doom. You'll either like the Psychic Jiu Jitsu album or you won't. It's not wise to make a chore out of listening to the album, but you should go into it with the determination to venture into uncharted psych noise territory. This is a good debut effort from the band. If they choose to record another album, you should listen to that too, just to see how far out they plan to get over time.

April 27, 2015
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One of Oakland's premiere live music clubs, The Night Light has been going strong for three years, and the venue wants to celebrate with a massive party! The Night Light has booked over 650 live performances and is gearing up to throw a three day bash that includes 25 bands, 12 DJs, 6 comedians and whatever else they may have up their sleeves to make sure you know they appreciate your business and attendance!

A party: If you want it, we advise you to go and get it.
We have a link to the full line up right here for you.

April 24, 2015
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